On his twitter (which should be required reading for people following the IFA signings), Kiley McDaniel has an interesting tidbit about the Yankees’ plans for Domincan teen Gary Sanchez, the 3 million dollar prize of their 2009 IFA class.
also, some really interesting NYY news. gary sanchez expected to join GCL team within 2 weeks; not on 2010 contract like many 7/2 signees.
If this news is accurate, this would be a surprisingly aggressive move for the Yankees. A more typical move would be to send him to instructional league this season, and then either send him to the DSL or GCL in 2010 (depending on how advanced he is). Sending Sanchez straight to the GCL would indicate that he is very advanced. I can’t recall the last time a 16 year-old Latin American signee went straight to the GCL after signing on July 2. Even Jesus Montero didn’t make his debut until the following season. (I’m not sure about Jose Tabata, though). The Yankees’ aggressiveness is an indicator of how high they are on Sanchez, whom they considered him top talent available this summer (over the even more hyped Miguel Sano). If Sanchez begins playing in the GCL, he will likely split time with 2nd-rounder JR Murphy (when he signs), which has the potential to be the next incarnation of the Montero-Romine dynamic duo. I would be excited to see how Sanchez does in the GCL, but at 16, I will temper my expectations.
Jorge Arangure has some new Yankee IFA rumors in his twitter feed. He states that the Yankees are the front-runner for Domincan lefty Edgar Ferreira (#11 on the BA list). Ferreira, who apparently has hit the mid-90′s with his fastball, will be spending 3 weeks at the Yankee academy, and then will have an open showcase. If Ferreira signs with the Yankees, as Arangure predicts, he will receive a bonus of around 1 million, which would be the largest bonus the Yankees have given to a July 2 pitching prospect (Vizcaino got around $800,000). In addition to Ferreira, Arangure reports that the Yankees are among the finalists for Colombian outfielder Leonardo Fuentes, a 6’3″ powerhitting outfielder, and are also in on Venezuelan shortstop Luis Sardinas (#6 on the BA list), who might also command a millon-dollar bonus.
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